Procyon Experiments Utilizing Foil-Fuse Opening Switches
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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The Los Alamos National Laboratory has applied the explosive magnetic flux compression generator FCG technology to the high-energy foil-implosion project, Trailmaster, to reach energy levels unattainable by other methods under current budget constraints. A required component for FCG systems is a power-conditioning stage that matches the slow risetime of the energy source with the fast-risetime requirements of the foil implosion load. Currently, the Trailmaster concept is based on a two-step process of combining an intermediate power compression stage with a plasma flow switch PFS that will deliver energy to an imploding foil on the order of 100 ns.
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- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics